The Air Corsica pet policy 2023 includes various options for flying with dogs or cats in the cabin and hold. For both pets in the cabin and in the hold, any dog or cat must be at least 15 weeks old, or 8 weeks on routes to France. Also, your cat or dog must be able to move around within their travel carrier, and they have to fly with an adult passenger. The cost of flying your pet with Air Corsica varies depending on the destination, and whether your cat or dog will travel in the cabin or hold. Trained and certified Service and Assistance Dogs are welcome in the Air Corsica cabin free of charge. From 1 March 2021, Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are no longer accepted by Air Corsica. Remember to leave an Air Corsica pet travel review if your cat or dog flies in the cabin or hold! Read on for details of the full Air Corsica pet travel policy for 2023.
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Table of contents
- Does Air Corsica Allow Dogs & Cats in the Cabin?
- Dogs & Cats as Checked Baggage in the Air Corsica Hold
- Flying Pets as Cargo in the Hold with Air Corsica
- Air Corsica Snub Nosed Cat & Dog Breed Policy
- Air Corsica Airlines Banned Dog Breeds
- Air Corsica Assistance & Service Dog Policy 2023
- Air Corsica Airlines Policy for Emotional Support Animals & Psychiatric Service Dogs
- Pet Travel Documentation & Vaccines
- Excluded Pet Routes with Air Corsica
- Are Pets Safe on Planes?
- Related Pages
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|Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) in Cabin||❌|
Does Air Corsica Allow Dogs & Cats in the Cabin?
You might be aware that Air Corsica is part of the Air France and KLM group, therefore they have a similar pet travel policy. Note that only dogs and cats are accepted in the Air Corsica cabin within their travel carrier, up to a combined weight of 8 kg.
The travel bag or kennel must meet the Air Corsica specifications outlined in their pet travel, and the dimensions of your cat or dog’s travel carrier can’t exceed 115 cm (length + breadth + height). On the flight, your pet will stowed underneath the seat in front of you within their airline approved travel carrier, so it must be able to fit under the seat.
IATA Regulations for Cats & Dogs Flying in the Cabin
While you need to ensure that your pet’s travel crate meets the maximum dimensions set by Air Corsica to fly in the cabin, remember that you must also adhere to the Live Animal Regulations (LAR) set by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This includes calculating the minimum inner crate dimensions allowed by the IATA LAR for your cat or dog to fly in the cabin. In addition, the airline pet travel carrier must adhere to the IATA LAR, in terms of ventilation, design etc.
If you’re new to pet travel, check out 8 IATA Compliant Airline Pet in Cabin Carriers.
Air Corsica advises that you speak to your vet if you plan to travel with one of the snub-nosed breeds listed. From July 2019, Pugs, Bulldogs and Boston Terriers are also included in this list. These breeds are permitted to travel in the cabin with the owner, but never in the hold.
Cost of Flying a Pet in Cabin with Air Corsica
Note that if your Air Corsica itinerary contains one or more connections, you’ll be charged for each flight segment.
|Route||Pet in Cabin Cost|
|Within Metropolitan France (except Paris)||€30|
|To or From Paris Orly or Charles de Guille||€30|
|Rest of Europe||€60|
Dogs & Cats as Checked Baggage in the Air Corsica Hold
If your cat or dog, combined with their travel carrier, weigh more than 8kg, they must fly in the hold. Air Corsica accepts dogs of up to 75kg to be transported in the hold as checked baggage, therefore dogs weighing in excess of 75kg are required to fly as cargo. Should your pet’s travel crate exceed 292 cm (length + width + height), they will also have to fly as cargo.
For the safety of your cat or dog, the kennel must meet the legal requirements of International Air Transport Association (IATA). Also, if your pet kennel has wheels, make sure that the wheels can be dismantled or locked before travel so that the kennel is not able to roll around in the hold.
Each passenger can take up to three pets in the hold as checked baggage with Air Corsica. Brachycephalic (snub nosed) breeds of cats and dogs aren’t permitted to travel in the aircraft hold.
If your flight includes connections, Air Corsica advises that you leave at lease two hours between flights. At check-in for your first flight, you don’t have the option to check your pet in for all flights in your Air Corsica itinerary. Therefore, between connections, you have to collected your pet at the airport, then check them in for the next flight.
IATA Requirements for Pets Flying in Hold
For the safety of your pet during air transport, the airline travel kennel must meet the legal requirements of the Live Animal Regulations (LAR) set by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Therefore, in addition to ensuring that your cat or dog in their travel crate adheres to the maximum weight and dimensions set by Air Corsica, the minimum inner kennel dimensions defined by the IATA LAR must also be met.
You can calculate the minimum inner space permitted by the IATA LAR, in addition to learning about the required construction, design etc for the pet in hold travel crate.
Should you need a new travel kennel, check out 4 Popular IATA Compliant Pet in Hold Crates.
Cost of flying a pet in the hold with Air Corsica
|Route||Pet in Cabin Cost|
|Within Metropolitan France (except Paris)||€20|
|To or From Paris Orly or Charles de Guille||€60|
|Rest of Europe||€40|
Flying Pets as Cargo in the Hold with Air Corsica
In some cases, your pet may have to fly as cargo, rather than as checked baggage. For instance, if you’re travelling on a different flight as your pet, or you’re flying to a country that doesn’t permit pets to arrive in the cabin. For instance, all animals, including cats and dogs must arrive in the United Kingdom (UK) as cargo, they can’t enter in the passenger cabin or in the hold as checked baggage. For flights to the UK, Air Corsica only transports cats and dogs as cargo, due to legislation set by the UK Department for Agriculture, Environment, Forestry and Agriculture.
Your dog will also have to travel as cargo if their kennel exceeds the maximum Air Corsica size of 292 cm (lenght + width + height) for cats and dogs flying in the hold as checked baggage. of L 105 cm x W 75 cm x H 79 cm for pets flying in the hold as checked baggage. Pets weighing more than 75 kg must also fly with Air Corsica Cargo.
As is the case for all pet friendly airlines, flying a pet as cargo is more expensive than in the cabin, or in the hold as checked baggage.
Transporting your pet as cargo can be arranged by contacting Air Corsica Freight.
Air Corsica Snub Nosed Cat & Dog Breed Policy
Snub-nosed (brachycephalic) animals, such as French Bulldogs, Pugs and Persian Cats, can have trouble breathing during the flight, due to high temperatures and stress. To ensure their well-being, most snub-nosed (brachycephalic) animals may not be transported in the hold. This means that these pets can only fly in the Air Corsica cabin, they aren’t allowed to travel as checked baggage in the hold of the plane. However, Air Corsica does allow snub nosed cat and dog breeds to fly as freight. However, this is not recommended by animal experts.
When flying with a snub-nosed pet in the cabin, remember that you need to add 10% to your IATA compliant pet carrier calculation.
Air Corsica Airlines Banned Dog Breeds
The following breeds, classed as potentially dangerous dogs, are prohibited from flying with Air Corsica due to French laws regarding Category 1 and Category 2 dog breeds:
- American Staffordshire Terriers
- Boerboel Mastiffs
- Pit Bull
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Air Corsica Assistance & Service Dog Policy 2023
You may travel with your Assistance or Service Dog in the cabin free of charge with Air Corsica. It’s recommended that you make the request during booking and no less than 48 hours prior to departure. But try to make the reservation as far in advance as possible. All reservations for Assistance & Service Dogs must be made through the Air Corsica Call Centre.
Only Guide Dogs are accepted as an Assistance or Service Dog with Air Corsica, and they must be accredited by one of the following organisations:
- Assistance Dogs International (ADI)
- International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF)
At airport check in, you’ll be asked for the original documentation for your Assistance or Service Dog, and they must also wear their identifying harness and vest. During the flight, your dog will sit between your feet.
However, be aware that some international countries don’t permit Assistance & Service Dogs to arrive in the plane cabin. Fortunately, this isn’t the case when flying in Europe or North America.
Air Corsica Airlines Policy for Emotional Support Animals & Psychiatric Service Dogs
As of 1 March 2021, Air Corsica no longer accepts Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) for travel. Only registered and professionally trained Assistance & Service Dogs are accepted to travel in the cabin free of charge. ESAs must fly under the standard Air Corsica pet travel policy.
Guide Dogs are the only Assistance & Service Dog accepted by Air Corsica, therefore Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSVDs) must fly under the standard Air Corsica pet travel policy for 2023.
Pet Travel Documentation & Vaccines
Air Corsica is a French international pet friendly airline, so for flights within the EU, your cat or dog has to meet the EU Pet Travel Scheme criteria. This means that you’ll need to arrange either a Pet Passport or Animal Health Certificate, and ensure that your cat or dog is microchipped and vaccinated against Rabies.
Excluded Pet Routes with Air Corsica
Air Corsica doesn’t fly cats or dogs in the cabin on flights to or from the United Kingdom (UK).
Due to government pet travel rules, you can’t fly your cat or dog in the cabin to certain countries. These rules are in place in some pet friendly destinations that are currently rabies free, in order to protect their borders. For example, when flying to the UK (Scotland, England, Wales & Northern Ireland), all pets arriving on a plane must travel as cargo in the hold.
As already stated, some countries don’t permit Assistance & Service Dogs to arrive in the cabin.
Are Pets Safe on Planes?
If you’re worried about your furry travel companion’s wellbeing when flying, check out our comprehensive post regarding pet safety on planes. While in the USA, a monthly report is provided for airline pet incident rates, there isn’t an equivalent in Europe at the moment. So, there’s no data available for incidents when flying pets in the hold with Air Corsica. Note that even the airline pet incident reports submitted in the USA are only for cats and dogs flying in the hold, and don’t include any in cabin events.
No doubt, at some point your trip will involve a car ride, so have a look at our 12 Essential Pet Car Safety Tips too. Should your cat or dog suffer from motion sickness, we’ve also compared some of the treatments, strategies and medications for pet travel nausea.
It’s important to be aware that you can’t sedate or tranquilize your cat or dog for their flight, whether your pet, or pets, are travelling in the Air Corsica cabin or hold.
In addition, to protect your pet’s health and wellbeing in a new country, be sure to keep your cat or dog safe from vector-borne diseases. In particular, Heartworm from mosquitoes and Leishmaniasis from sandflies in Southern European destinations pose a serious threat.
And don’t forget the all important Essential Pet Travel Accessories!
Prior to booking, always view the Air Corsica pet travel policy on their website for any recent changes. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, some airlines are frequently amending their rules for pets on planes.
Have a safe and wonderful trip, and remember to leave a review for your Air Corsica if you fly your pet cat or dog, in the cabin or hold!